Way back when the worldwide web was just starting to explode, to become a daily part of life, but before smart phones & Facebook, I joined a message board. It was 2000. A new Century had dawned and I was cold & lonely & pregnant in Maple Grove, Minnesota.
The message board was for moms expecting babies in 2001. That was me! Pregnant with Tess. Home alone with 4 boys, while Dave was “away” with the Army. Minnesota was too cold for any family members to come visit, and I hadn’t made a bazillion friends yet in our new state. That may have been because I was afraid to stick a toe outside, for fear it would spontaneously freeze and fall off.
With no real, tangible, friends, I dove into message boards with a passion. I soon found fake friends from around the country, even around the globe. Fake friends that became real friends, and one fake friend that became a best friend. I found my Emma. Emma who I love with my whole body & soul. Emma who loves me back. Emma who is still a part of my life today. Every day.
Back then I would drive to Chicago about once a month to visit Emma. After we moved to North Carolina in 2004, my visits became less. Once I moved to Germany in 2009, my visits dwindled down to one. Until my mad birthday tour through the states! My flight home was via Chicago and I extended my layover two days. Two days to visit my Emma, hubby Derrick, and her boys Garrett (Tess’ age) and my godsons Logan & Connor. Oh how I had missed them!